A Busy Spring for TCHS Eagle Fans

Get out the purple and gold to cheer on our local students this spring at Trego Community High School (TCHS) and Trego Junior High School (TJS)!

The students of Trego County are busy with Spring activities that will round out a very active year. From track, tennis, and golf, to dances, concerts, and forensics meets; our local students are competing in events that promises many thrills and excitement for Trego County citizens. Check out these upcoming events.

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Coming in March

Watch the students test their trivia knowledge at the Trivia tournament on Thursday, March 21stThey’ll be answering all types of questions and showing off their expertise in all things trivial.

“Trego Got Talent” will bring out the young stars of our county. From music to poetry, anything goes at the talent show scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd.

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FFA members will be putting on a show unlike any other when they take to the court for Donkey Basketball! Will they be able to get the most stubborn animal in the barnyard to drive hard to the hoop? Will the ref be able to call a game in the midst of so much chaos? Find out on Monday, March 25 at the FFA Donkey Basketball game!

It’s going to be a barn burner at the 2019 Barnwarmer Dance! TCHS students will be putting on their fanciest duds and dancing the night away, so come out to see the glitz and glamour as they arrive at the high school on Saturday, March 30.

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Coming in April

TCHS will be hosting the Junior Varsity tennis match on Tuesday, April 2ndIt’ll be “game, set, and match” on the Eagle’s court, so be sure to wear your purple and gold when you cheer on the team.

Trego Junior High will be welcoming area track and field athletes on Thursday, April 4th. The annual track meet is a great way to get to know the up and coming track stars.

Talent is found in local kitchen, too! The Trego Cooking Competition Extravaganza will unveil the culinary talents of our young men and women on Saturday, April 6th.

Boys Tennis will be on display on Tuesday, April 9th on the TCHS court. Each player will reveal their style of play as they compete for first place.

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The TCHS Prom will be a night to remember on Saturday, April 13! Watch the fanfare as young couples arrive for the biggest nights of the year. It’s a highlight of every American high school student and promises to be a magical sight to behold.

Junior Varsity track stars will compete in traditional track and field events on Monday, April 15th. We’ve got a great group of athletes at TCHS and watching the Junior team will show you the winning streak we’ve been witnessing could continue for years to come.

Trego County’s musical stars shine at the Junior High School’s “Pop Concert” on Thursday, April 18th. Enjoy an evening of song with these talented young musicians as they add their own flavor to big hits.

The I-70 Golf Classic will bring out area high school golfers for spirited play on the links. Tee off is Tuesday, April 23rd and it promises to be a great way to spend some time outside on our local fairways.

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Come back to the stage on Tuesday, April 23rd for the K-4th grade “Spring Concert.” Music rules the night as you watch the youngest starts of Trego County perform (some for the very first time!).

Trego Junior High athletes will compete in track and field events on Thursday, April 25th in the annual Junior High Track Meet and Goldsmith Relays. Hurdlers, sprinters, relay, and long distance runners will race to the finish, and out on the field you’ll see athletes compete in discus, shot put, pole vaulting, javelin, as well as the high jump, long jump, and triple jump events.

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The 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 27th. Each team consists of three players and one substitute, with three on the court at one time. It’s a fast-paced game that is full of action and will deliver the sweat-inducing moments that make it a “don’t miss” game.

The 5thto 8thGrade Spring Concert shines the light on young talent on Tuesday, April 30th. Our Junior High students have been practicing for months to get ready to sing their hearts out for the public, so it’s a “don’t miss” event.

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Coming in May

Junior Varsity golfers will take to the greens at the Big Creek Golf Course on Thursday, May 2nd. Enjoy a day outside cheering on your favorite golfers and see who comes home a winner.

The KAY Washer Tournament will be held at the Pool Park on Tuesday, May 14th. This is a similar game to Horseshoes, only a closed metal circle is used to throw at the spike.

An Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, May 15 will honor Seniors who have proven themselves to been excellent students and citizens throughout their school careers. The event will acknowledge a high level of dedication in academics, community involvement, and athletics.

Plan to be a part of the audience at the TCHS Annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 15thThey will be entertaining the crowd with their musical talents and send us off with a song in our hearts.

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It’s biggest event of the school year—the TCHS Graduation on Saturday, May 18th! Plan to join us in cheering on the Seniors as they take that last walk across the stage to receive their diploma and set out on the next phase of their life.

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Coming This Summer

Watch for news on the local Wrestling Camp and High School Volleyball Camp coming this summer! It’s a great way to sharpen those skills during the off-season months. Check out the USD 208 calendar for more information about these and other events scheduled for Spring 2019.

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Championship Fun with the Trego Recreation Center

Warmer months are on the way and now is the perfect time to make your plans to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine! The Trego Recreation Center (TRC) has you covered with events and activities for everyone.

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Pickleball Spring Round Robin Tournament ’19

Reserve your spot in the 2019 Pickleball Spring Round Robin Tournament. Registration begins on March 1st and all players are responsible for scheduling their matches. The tournament comes to a conclusion on March 31st and each match will consist of 3 games.

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Father Daughter Dance

Dance the afternoon away with your favorite girls at the 2019 Father Daughter Dance on Sunday, April 14th. This annual event will be hosted at the site of the Trego Community High School prom, where the decorations from that night will be decorating our dance floor. Dads or another special person may accompany the girls and the event will include snacks, dancing, and photos (2 – 4×6” included, plus other options available for purchase). Sign up by April 5 to reserve your spot, but don’t wait! This event is very popular.

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt 

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into WaKeeney on Saturday, April 20th for the TRC’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Groups will be organized by age so every tyke can gather a few of the candy-filled Easter eggs. Bring your children and their sweet tooth for a fun family event.

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MLB Pitch, Hit & Run 2019 

Get game ready for your summer ball team at the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run 2019 tournament. Compete in Sectionals, Regionals and maybe even the MLB All-Star Week! It’s a free competition and a very popular event, so be sure to register for the April 27th event. The tournament will be held at 10:30 AM at the South Ball Park and registration is open on April 26th.

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T-Ball & Coach Pitch 2019

Pint-sized ball players will want to sign up for TRC’s T-Ball & Coach Pitch 2019. All games are held in WaKeeney and scrimmage between local teams will help develop the benefits and intricacies of the game. Coach Pitch teams may travel to play teams outside the WaKeeney leagues and all games will be scheduled through the Trego Recreation Commission. Practice will begin in May and run until June.

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Summer Baseball, Softball, and T-ball Teams

Take your team out to the ball field all summer long for great competitive baseball and softball! The games are a WaKeeney summer tradition that brings our community out to watch the local stars compete for their team’s trophy. The sport teaches the fundamental skills of baseball and softball, team play, and sportsmanship. Practice games begin in May, with traveling games occurring from June to mid-July.

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Summer Soccer

Kids K-6th grade are invited to join TRC’s Spring soccer team to improve physical activity, improve coordination, and have fun! Learn the elements of the game and coordinating with other team members in this coed travel league. Games against Quinter, Grinnell, and Hoxie are tentatively scheduled for April 22, 29, and May 4th, with more details to come.

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Pee Wee Track Meet

Calling all mini track stars to the Pee Wee Track Meet 2019! The meet will be divided into two groups, preschoolers to 2nd grade and 3rd to 6th grade. Traditional track events will be featured, giving the kids a chance to sample various types of competition and participation ribbons will be awarded. Registration ends on April 26th and the track meet is scheduled for May 8th.

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Horseshoes & Washers Tournament

Cap off a summer of outdoor sports during fair week! Following on the heels of the Trego County Parade TRC will be hosting its annual Horseshoes and Washers. Go up against lifelong players to see how you compare. (More information will follow as details become available.)

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Summer Camps and Activities

The Trego Recreation Center are busy planning a summer full of fun camps and activities to keep you and your youngsters active and having fun. Look for more information to come on arts and crafts events, more sporting events, and much, much more!

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Gear Up and Get Outside!

The Trego Recreation Center’s Spring and Summer schedule is filled with activities for an action packed season. For more information on how you can get involved in any of these fun activities call the TRC (785.743.2595) or check their website or Facebook page for more information.

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day in the Shops and Restaurants of WaKeeney

Roses are red, violets are blue; a Valentine’s Day in WaKeeney helps show your love is true!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the merchants and restauranteurs of WaKeeney are ready with something special for everyone.

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Sweets for Your Sweet

Satisfy your Valentine’s sweet tooth with a sweet treat! You’ll find boxes of chocolates and other gifts from Gibson’s Health Mart Pharmacy or offer a bouquet of heart shaped cookies from Hometown Bakery to your pastry loving person. They are both tempting treats that will bring a smile to everyone receives them.

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Flowers and Dipped Strawberries

Our florists have been busy putting together beautiful bouquets to freshen up your loved one’s life. Choose a cute arrangement of mixed flowers or go with a classic choice of a dozen red roses from Rose Petal Cottage or Main Street Giftery & Floral. If you want to go the extra mile pair your floral gift with a box of strawberries hand-dipped in chocolate!

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Pampering Each Other

Give that hard working love of your life a moment of pampering with self-care products from Clelands Pharmacy. Or, if you want to declare your love by giving them something with a personal touch, you might want to schedule an appointment at The Studio 128 where you can work on your own unique Valentine’s message through art.

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 Toasting Your Love

Maybe you want to go traditional and toast your love with a bottle of wine from Shiloh Vineyards, Trego County’s only winery. They have several vintages, so you can pick one out that is perfect for your loved one’s particular taste.

If wine doesn’t fit your style, stop in at Pit Road Liquor or Earl’s Liquor for your special someone’s favorite alcoholic beverage. They have special packages that will make a great presentation for your loved one.

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Dinner for Two

WaKeeney is the place to go if you want to give the treat of dinner out on the town! Our town has a delicious array of restaurants that offer a variety of foods that will make the day a delicious celebration of your relationship. Sit down to a meal at the Western Kansas Saloon and Grill, the Brazen Bull, or the Tropical Mexican Restaurant and be treated to great taste!

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Love bites back when it comes from a juicy burger from Mike’s Place orJake and Chet’s. The chefs will fill your plate with America’s favorite food or anything from their vast menus, and serve it with a smile!  You can also plan a more intimate meal with your love with a quick stop for a take-out meal at one of our popular fast food restaurants. McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, and Subway can package up a picnic in a snap!

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Ending on a Sweet Note

Conclude Valentine’s Day with a rich dessert you’ve created with loving care from ingredients purchased at Heartland Foods. They’ve got ready-made treats, easy to prepare packaged ingredients, like brownies, and all the ingredients to make that extra special homemade dessert you and your loved one craves most.

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Don’t Forget the Card    

Grab a Valentine’s Day card from Dollar General and present it with a special hand-crafted gift from What Knots in Pine for the perfect ending to the perfect Valentine’s Day.  Together, they can help you convey just the right message of love and provide a great night together, too!

Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day is easy in the shops and restaurants of WaKeeney!

Winter Activities at Cedar Bluff State Park

We’ve had an amazing winter, with several snowstorms transforming our landscape into a shimmering white wonderland. At Cedar Bluff State Park, our summer playground has become an icy recreation area for those adventurers who love to get out and explore during cold months.

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Hiking on the Agave Ridge Trail

Head to the Agave Ridge Trail, accessed in the Page Creek Area, to begin your exploration of our park. The one-mile paved portion of the trail provides an excellent opportunity to explore the area and find the many types of wildlife that live in the park. This beginning stretch of the trail contains interpretative signs and a representation of the area’s native habitats and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes.

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The more ambitious hiker will enjoy the expanded four-mile, primitive section of the trail which winds through the mixed grass prairie. This area provides a great opportunity to view many wildlife species, and can be completed in approximately 90 minutes. Both portions of the trail are open to the public for hiking and are lined on the west with a half-mile of the 100-foot cedars that give our park its name.

Wildlife Photographers Paradise

Life abounds around our reservoir in winter! Cedar Bluff Reservoir is home to a variety of creatures, large and small. Bald eagles and white-tailed deer are great subjects for your wildlife photography. Get here early to watch animals go about their daily hunt for food or look down to find their tracks in the snow. In the coming weeks ducks and geese will soon be bringing even more activity to the park as they fight for dominance and establish their territorial boundaries.

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Winter Fishing

Winter fishing for walleye and crappie at Cedar Bluff State Park has been excellent this year. Our lake has benefited from all the precipitation we’ve been receiving, with water levels rising just over five feet! There are many great fish attractor areas that present fishermen with great chances to catch that elusive “big one.”

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On the Hunt

During the 2018-2019 season we’ve seen hunters from as far as Maine and Florida visiting our park due to the amazing opportunities for bird hunting that are being reported. Our county has claimed Kansas’s number one spot waterfowl hunting this year and quail numbers are continuing to rise due to the ample rainfall that produced quality food sources and good habitats. Stay alert during the hunt and keep within the boundaries of the wildlife section and Page Creek area where hunting activity is allowed.

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Cedar Bluff’s Newest Attraction

Our archery range is a new addition to the park, with targets ranging from  20, 30, 40, 50,  and 60yds. At this time, it is field point only range (no broadheads) and no crossbows but rangers are looking to add Crossbow and Broadhead targets soon. Get your aim straight and true as you try out our latest challenge!

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Experience Winter at Cedar Bluff State Park!

Cedar Bluff State Parkis open every day and vehicle permits are required to access the Agave Trail, please, follow the state park rules and regulations. Come outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy winter at Trego County’sCedar Bluff State Park!

Examining a Soldier’s Life in World War I With the Trego County Historical Society

A world in transition, a war like none other. The fall of monarchies and the rise of the United States on the world stage. This was the result of the First World War, one of the world’s most devasting military conflicts.

deb goodrichThe Trego County Historical Society is taking a deeper look at World War I during a presentation given by historian Deb Goodrich of Oakley on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. for their 2019 Kansas Day program at the museum in WaKeeney.

The program, “The Soldier State in the Great War,” will focus on the Trego and Ness County connections to World War I, as well as recognize the 100th anniversary of the war’s end on November 11, 1918, today’s Armistice Day.

 

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“The War to End All Wars”

World War I was an international conflict that embroiled most of the nations of Europe along with Russia, the United States, and the Middle East in shocking carnage between 1914-1918. The war pitted the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire against the Allies, or Entente Powers, composed of France, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States, who joined the effort from 1917 until the war’s conclusion.

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The Great War, as it was also called at the time, was virtually unprecedented in the slaughter and destruction it caused. This was due to technological advances in warfare that occurred during the Industrial Age. The introduction of tanks, improved machine guns, and chemical warfare, along with airplanes, and German U-boats opened up new avenues of death to soldiers and civilians alike. The result of the fighting was so severe the conflict was believed to be the “war to end all wars” and brought about the development of the League of Nations, a precursor to NATO, as a platform where leaders of nations could negotiate grievances, rather than dissolve into another merciless war.

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Photo courtesy of the Trego Historical Society.

In recognition of the 100thanniversary of World War I, the Trego County Historical Society Museum has featured several items from local private collections throughout the past four years. Uniforms, weapons, personal items and letters have been displayed, along with the recruiting posters that depict the urgency of the effort, as well as the artistic style of marketing in the early 20th century.

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Western Kansas Connections

The war’s effect stretched as far as Western Kansas, with several young men from across our region joining the military and traveling to the battlefields of France. Today, our local VFW is named in honor of the first of these young men to become a casualty, Randall Reid. (pictured above)

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Historian Deb Goodrich

Goodrich is the Garvey Foundation Historian in Residence at the Fort Wallace Museum and the co-host of “Around Kansas TV Show.” She is the author of several books and has appeared in numerous documentaries, as well as writing and co-producing the docudrama, “Thof’s Dragon.” She is a graduate of Washburn University in Topeka and a resident of Oakley, Kansas.

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Fourth Grade Coloring Competition

In addition to Goodrich’s presentation, awards for the historical society’s coloring contest will be presented to the winners in the first through fourth grades.  This is the seventh year the historical society has sponsored the contest and the top three winners in each classroom will be announced at the Kansas Day program.

Please join us for this special presentation, “The Soldier State in the Great War,” on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. at the museum in WaKeeney, Kansas. For more information you can check out the Trego County Historical Society’s  Facebook page or call (785) 743-2963.

 

 

 

Wrapping Up Your Christmas Shopping in Downtown WaKeeney

Get out that wrapping paper because it’s time to get your Christmas shopping list completed, and the best place to do that is in WaKeeney, the “Christmas City of the High Plains!”

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Spend the day finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! Whether you have a Practical Patty or a Dashing Dan, our Downtown WaKeeney shops offer gifts that are sure to please everyone on your list. Check out our roster of businesses that have opened their doors to Christmas shoppers this season.

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Festive Seasonal Décor

Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas décor for your home. Rose Petal Cottage has your floral needs covered. Fresh flowers and greenery or custom-made centerpieces will have your home dressed and ready for your holiday celebration.

 

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Step into Gibson’s Healthmart for silk floral arrangements and pick up a few gifts, too! Gibson’s offers a large variety of products, from scented candles and jewelry, to premade wreaths and flower arrangements.

Cross the street to The Studio 128 for handmade holiday keepsake items. The Studio carries unique art pieces, as well as gift certificates for their art studio for the creative people in your life.

 

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Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

Get help with your holiday meal from Heartland Foods. With their fine selection of meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and everything in between, your table will be filled with delicious dishes that will be remembered all year long.

Don’t forget to include a few bottles of wine from Shiloh Vineyard. As Trego County’s only winery, it’s the best accompaniment to go along with a Christmas celebration you’ve begun in “The Christmas City of the High Plains.”

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Dressing Yourself Up for the Holidays

Do it up right at your next holiday gathering with the latest look from our fashion-forward retailers. Shear Designs, Gibson’s Healthmart, and Vintage Soul have clothing and jewelry that will let you sparkle and shine at all your holiday gatherings.

 

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For a personalized gift, P & G Designs can personalize shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and most other fabric with an emblem of your favorite team or other image.  

 

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Get party ready with a special look from New Creations Hair Salon and Lavonne’s Beauty Shop. Their stylists can help you look your best as you head out the door to your next big event.

 

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When you are ready to help Santa with those gifts under the tree step into What Nots in Pine and Main Street Giftery and Floral for a gift that will bring a smile to everyone on your list. What Nots in Pine has beautiful hand-crafted items and Main Street Giftery carries a wide variety of fun gifts that will make your holiday light up. And, don’t forget those last minute stocking stuffers you’ll find at the WaKeeney Dollar General Store!

 

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The Perfect Hostess Gift

You won’t want to show up empty-handed to your next holiday party. Stop by Cleland Pharmacyto find everything you need to craft a gift package, or head to Pit Road Liquoror Earl Liquor Storefor a pre-packaged gift that will get the party started!

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Gifts for the Entire Family

Don’t leave it up to Santa to deliver the best gifts! Take a look at the great gift ideas, large and small, from Day Motor Sports, Dreher Automotive, and Wheatbelt Distributors.

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Day Motor Sports and Dreher Automotive are both stocked with great gifts for your adrenaline junkie, and Wheatbelt Distributors and Keyser Hardware are great places to find gifts for those handy-type people in your life.

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Get the latest technology for your home at Nex-Tech. They have the newest phones and everything to go with them, plus security and life watch packages on the market.

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Deck your home with the newest pieces found on the showroom floor at Newcomer Furniture. From living rooms, to bedrooms; every room in the house will be refreshed with a brand-new piece from Newcomer’s.

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Treat Yourself!

Once you’ve got everyone on your shopping list checked off, relax at one of WaKeeney’s many delicious restaurants. The Western Kansas Saloon & GrillBrazen BullMike’s Place and Jake & Chet’s Café serve a full menu of plated meals that include burgers, steaks, salads and sandwiches. And, don’t forget to make a stop at   at Hometown Bakery for a delicious Christmas treat or the soda fountain at Gibsons Healthmart where you can order both hot and cold drinks, both on WaKeeney’s Main Street.

Go south-of-the-border at Tropical Mexican Restaurant or enjoy an Italian fest at our local Pizza Hut. For a quick meal stop in at Dairy Queen, McDonalds or Subway to satisfy your hunger pains as you head home from your day of shopping.

 

This year, make Downtown WaKeeney your Christmas Shopping headquarters and celebrate this wonderful season with us in “The Christmas City of the High Plains!”

Wreaths Across America to Honor Military Men & Women at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in WaKeeney

Wreaths Across America is returning to the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in WaKeeney on Saturday, December 15thfor its thirteenth annual wreath laying ceremony.

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This special event is modeled after the iconic wreath laying ceremony held each year at Arlington National Cemetery in a mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach”the patriotic values our service members demonstrate worldwide through their service and their sacrifice. Today, Wreaths Across America ceremonies occur in over 1,200 locations in all 50 U.S. states and at military cemeteries across the world.

Along with the wreaths placed on gravesites, seven specially made wreaths donated by the same supplier of the Arlington cemetery’s wreaths, will be laid out in recognition of each branch of the military. Morrill Worcester, President of Worcester Wreath Company, explains his desire to develop the Wreaths Across America project, “Our goal is to expand the recognition of those who serve our country, both past, present, and future, as well as their families who deserve our support. Without the sacrifices of our veterans, there would be no opportunity to enjoy the freedoms, the life we live today.”

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The ceremony held at the WaKeeney Veterans Cemetery is a moving experience based in the traditions of the United States military. Errol Wuertz of the Civil Air Corp. and Rev. Stanton will present a short service, followed by a 21-gun salute performed by the American Legion of Colby, Kansas. A moment of reflection will fall as people in attendance lay wreaths upon the graves of our servicemen and women who fought to preserve the American values of freedom, justice, and equality for all.

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The American Legion Riders and Knights of Columbus will lay wreaths for those service members whose families are unable to attend the event, so no veteran goes unrecognized.

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Please join us at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in WaKeeney at 11am on Saturday, December 15th for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony to remember all the brave men and women and their families who have served in our military.

If you would like to participate in laying wreaths during the ceremony, or if you would like to contribute to the purchase of the 2019 wreaths please contact Cemetery Manager Heidi Goff at (785) 743-5685.